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Friday, August 20, 2021

‘So many moments which are brilliantly put together’: THE ENTERTAINMENT – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Originally planned to be performed live at Summerhall, Katie Bonna’s audio play, The Entertainment, is “about what we carry around inside us”.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

‘Emotional & fearless’: THE TARANTULA – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Written and performed by Patricia Légaré Eddisford, The Tarantula is just under an hour of monologue, a story that transcends its one-room location.

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‘Rarely falters’: MEET CUTE – Camden Fringe ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Quackpot Productions has brought fresh and quirky show Meet Cute to the Camden Fringe, in which Tim and Gill’s budding romance goes anything but smoothly.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

‘A real highlight of the digital fringe’: FOW – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Streaming now on the Summerhall Online platform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fow is a very clever and engaging love story from a deaf-led perspective.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

‘Captures the people perfectly’: BIG BIG SKY – Hampstead Theatre by Louise Penn

Not a lot happens, yet everything happens, as Big Big Sky’s premise is about ordinary people living ordinary lives. Under Tessa Walker’s direction – she has collaborated with Wells bef…

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

‘Very much of its time’: NANA & PAIGE – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Filmed entirely on Zoom, whether depicting calls or trips in the car or out into the garden. Regina Frod’s production of Nana and Paige is now streaming in the [email protected] platform at …

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘Clever piece of digital theatre’: Captain Condom & the Covid-19 Conundrum – Camden Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Captain Condom & the Covid-19 Conundrum masks a very serious message about sexual awareness and education in a funny show utilising the superhero theme.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

‘Full of emotional twists & turns’: PUSH – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Now streaming at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the Pleasance Online platform, Popelei presents PUSH, a filmed theatre piece about a woman and a pregnancy test. The language is weird, stat…

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‘Very moving’: LEAR ALONE – And Tomorrow Theatre Company (Online review) by Louise Penn

In partnership with Crisis, the And Tomorrow Theatre Company has developed a quintet of plays (Abdictation, Dissolution, Isolation, Desolation) which take Shakespeare’s King Lear as inspir…

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

‘Really explores what is possible in the online medium’: ITHACA – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★★ by Louise Penn

Currently streaming on the Fringe Player platform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ithaca is a one-person stage to screen version of The Odyssey.

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Friday, August 6, 2021

‘Punchy, lively & anchored by a skewed sense of reality’: MARRYING JAKE GYLLENHAAL – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Marrying Jake Gyllenhaal, a one-person show written and performed by Melissa Center, is a sweet and sometimes very funny piece which is honest about family and human connections.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

‘Witty, poignant, playful’: JOHN & JEN – Southwark Playhouse by Louise Penn

While John & Jen can sometimes veer into the sentimental, it does try to bring in numerous issues in modern America, and particularly succeeds in bringing to life the special bond betwee…

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

‘Tightly written & economically performed’: Don’t Ask Don’t Get, Baby – The Space (Online review) by Louise Penn

Written and performed by Alice Underwood, and directed by Izzy Carney, Don’t Ask Don’t Get, Baby focuses on what happens if you are a “Donor Conceived Person? Honestly I think I prefer…

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Monday, July 26, 2021

‘A special show for a special time’: COME FROM AWAY – Phoenix Theatre by Louise Penn

Based on the true story of how the inhabitants of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, coped with the diversion of numerous planes from American airspace on 9/11, Come From Away at the Ph…

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

‘Revels in its power to challenge perceptions & prejudice’: MY JERUSALEM – Applecart Arts (Online review) by Louise Penn

A solo show presented by Avital Raz, My Jerusalem is a fiercely personal and deeply political show ‘developed from a song’.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

‘Dazzling’: QUENTIN CRISP: NAKED HOPE – Stream Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope is a fitting tribute to a complex and elegant man who celebrated his own brand of queerness. “I am notorious,” is the cry of this survivor.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

‘Very funny & wickedly affectionate’: Friend (The One With Gunther) – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Friend rushes through ten series in an hour bringing you the highlights, the lowlights, the supporting cast, the big storylines, and more. It is very funny, wickedly affectionate, and utterl…

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

‘Passionate, powerful & challenging’: LAVA – Bush Theatre by Louise Penn

Benedict Lombe’s new play Lava is semi-autobiographical and full of activism and difficult moments, alongside a story railing against Kafkaesque bureaucracy.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

‘These are young performers absolutely at the top of their game’: FROM HERE – Chiswick Playhouse by Louise Penn

From Here is a new British musical with music and lyrics by Ben Barrow and Lucy Ireland. Written entirely on Zoom for a four-person cast, this show is a mix of songs and spoken word pieces, …

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

‘Campbell has developed a deep affinity with Simone’: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE – Stream Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Apphia Campbell’s show Black is the Color of My Voice, based on the life and works of Nina Simone, comes to digital theatre. This version was recorded this summer at Wilton’s Music Hall …

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

‘Poetic, pragmatic & passionate’: 28 DAYS GREATER – Calm Down, Dear Festival – Camden People’s Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Streaming until 28 July through Camden People’s Theatre, presented by Carolyn Defrin in collaboration with film-maker Rosie Powell, 28 Days Greater – total running time 46 minutes – co…

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Monday, July 5, 2021

‘Profound storytelling’: POSSIBLE – Riverfront Theatre, Newport (Online review) by Louise Penn

Possible is a ‘playful and profound piece of storytelling’, written and performed by Shôn Dale-Jones. Before Covid lockdown hit, Dale-Jones was thinking of and developing a show all abo…

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

‘A fine piece of escapism’: GOING APE! – Union Theatre by Louise Penn

Biblical comedy Going Ape! by Andrew Corbet Burcher returns to the Union, directed by Evan Ensign. The premise is what might happen if the Creationist and Evolutionist stories came together …

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

‘Has the necessary pizzazz & sparkle’: STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW – Waterloo East Theatre by Louise Penn

We’re taking about love here in Starting Here, Starting Now. The thrill of it, the romance and ridiculous of it, the crushing disappointment of it. Some of the tunes are from musicals whic…

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Friday, July 2, 2021

‘Dark story cut through with comedy & songs’: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Silent Uproar (Online review) by Louise Penn

Recorded in June 2021 before a socially-distanced audience at Wilton’s Music Hall, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) brings Silent Uproar’s show back to the stage following p…

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

‘Excellent rapport between the characters’: THE SYSTEM – Brighton Fringe by Louise Penn

Sweet Sorrow Theatre Company brings Edward Loboda’s play The System to Brighton Fringe in a Zoom re-recording of a show they originally streamed in 2020.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

‘Deeply poetic & poignant’: AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON? – Brighton Fringe by Louise Penn

Ant Lightfoot’s Am I A Terrible Person? takes an honest look at OCD and mental illness. At just 23 minutes it’s a tough call to get through all the issues but there isn’t a wasted mome…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘A showcase to savour’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 7 (Online review) by Louise Penn

The Theatre Cafe, in collaboration with the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, have created this salute to the timeless duo Rodgers and Hammerstein for The Theatre Channel’s Episode 7.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

‘No denying that this is a show like no other’: A RED SQUARE – Brighton Fringe ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Australian collective Pony Cam has created a fringe show unlike any other, with sex, violence, a lost child, and the perils of being an actor, all played out by the central character, A Red …

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘Works just as well as an audio experience as a visual show’: THE FINAL APPROACH – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Marlowe Productions brings a 70-minute livestream to Brighton Fringe (now available on demand until 27 June) which dips into the world of 1940s noir and pulp detective novels to take us into…

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

‘Pulling the audience into the story’: CHARLOTTE BRONTE SNARES THE SUITOR – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Lemon Squeeze Productions and Feegle Films return to the Brontë family, following At Home With The Brontës, for their latest production online at the Brighton Fringe, Charlotte Brontë Sna…

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